Medicinal Plants

Paeonia emodi Medicinal Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

The medicinal uses of Paeonia emodi are attributed to its neuroprotective, emmenagogue and antiepileptic actions. Its roots are primarily used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. However, you may not find it in regular ayurvedic practice, still, it is worth to discuss some of its therapeutic uses for people who can find this plant.

What is Paeonia emodi?

Paeonia emodi is a plant species belong to Paeoniaceae (peony) family and Paeonia L. (peony rose) genus.

In English, it is called Himalayan Peony. In Hindi and Sanskrit, it is known as Chandra, Chandayra or Chandrain. In Urdu, it is called Ud-salap and Ood salib nim kofta.

Synonyms & Vernacular Names

Common NameHimalayan Peony, Chandra
Botanical NamePaeonia emodi
EnglishHimalayan Peony, Peony rose
HindiChandra, Chandayra or Chandrain
Unani Medicine & UrduUd-salap, Ood salib nim kofta

Plant Taxonomy

InfrakingdomStreptophyta (land plants)
Super DivisionEmbryophyta
DivisionTracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
SubdivisionSpermatophytina (Seed Plants)
Super OrderSaxifraganae
GenusPaeonia L.
SpeciesPaeonia emodi

Medicinal Parts

In traditional medicine including ayurveda and Unani Medicine, its roots are a primary medicinal part.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (Taste)Katu (Pungent)
Anu Rasa (After Taste)Kashaya (Astringent)
Guna (Main Quality)Laghu (Light)
Virya (Potency)Ushna (Hot)
Vipaka (Resultant)Katu (Pungent)
Organs EffectNerves, Uterus, Brain
ExcretionProbably Kidney

Dosha Karma

IncreasesPitta Dosha.
ReducesKapha Dosha
PacifiesVata Dosha.
SuitableVata and Kapha disorders
UnsuitablePitta Body Type.

Medicinal Properties

Paeonia emodi has the following healing actions: –

  • Neuroprotective.
  • Emmenagogue.
  • Antiepileptic.
  • Blood detoxifier.

Therapeutic Indications

Paeonia emodi is traditionally used in the following diseases:

  • Amenorrhea.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Convulsions.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Paralysis.
  • Kidney stone.


The classical ayurvedic dosage of Paeonia emodi root powder is as follows:

Children5 mg per Kg of body weight
Adults250 mg
PregnancyNot Recommended
Maximum Possible Dosage500 mg per day in divided doses

How to Take

Anupan (Adjuvant)Water or as per dosha.
Dosage Frequency Twice daily.
Medication TimeAfter a meal.

Safety Profile

Paeonia emodi root powder is strong medicine. So, it should be used under professional supervision. It can cause several side effects if used unwisely.

Side Effects of Paeonia emodi

Paeonia emodi can cause the following side effects:

  • Headache.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
  • Vertigo.
  • Nausea and Vomiting.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Paeonia emodi root powder is LIKELY UNSAFE during pregnancy and lactation.


  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
  • Vertigo.
  • Amal Pitta (Acid peptic disorders).

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh is a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist with B.A.M.S. and M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants. He has a wealth of experience in using Ayurveda to treat patients, including the use of herbal medicine and personalized Ayurvedic diets. His passion for spreading accurate and scientific information about Ayurveda and Medicinal Plants led him to create Ayur Times, a trusted resource for those seeking reliable information on the topic. Through his dedicated work, Dr. Singh has helped thousands of patients find relief and improve their health with Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine.

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